Professor among detenus
By Our Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI, DEC. 15. Central security officials are confident of cracking the case of attack on Parliament House on Thursday with the interrogation of those arrested in Srinagar and Delhi today. Top intelligence sources said all evidence collected so far pointed in the direction of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and that the Lashkar-e-Taiba could have provided crucial back-up in the operation by helping to smuggle in explosives.
Delhi Police sources said that at least 10 more persons, including a professor of Arabic at the Zakir Hussain Evening College, had been picked up in the past 24 hours in different parts of the city for questioning.
At least two suspects arrested in Sopore in Baramulla district of Kashmir on Friday were flown in here by a special flight this morning. One of them has been identified as Asif Hussain Khan, an orchard owner, who is alleged to have facilitated the transportation of explosives.
Police detained Prof. Abdul Rehman Geelani a day after the incident for questioning. Police came across his phone number in the list of the calls made by the terrorists through their cellular phones. Prof. Geelani is said to be a relative of the Hurriyat Conference leader, Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, who heads the Jamat-e-Islami.
Police also detained a man from Zakir Nagar in South Delhi who is suspected to have drawn a sketch of the Parliament House for the terrorists. Two women, residents of South Delhi, who are believed to have assisted the terrorists, are being questioned. Some other suspects have been picked up from Jamia Nagar, the Walled City and Adarsh Nagar.
The two suspected Pakistani nationals, who were picked up while on their way to the airport on Thursday, were released on Friday.
In another development, the South Delhi police seized 41 wireless handsets and phones along with other communication devices. The wireless equipment was packed in some cartons found abandoned near a house in the B-Block in Defence Colony this morning by a local domestic help. Police, however, claimed that the incident was not related to the attack on Parliament.
They said that around eight teams, each headed by a police officer of the ACP rank, have been formed to investigate the case. Teams have been despatched to Srinagar, western Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad.
The investigations were reviewed at a high-level meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, in which the Home Secretary, Mr. Kamal Pandey, the Intelligence Bureau director, Mr. K.P.Singh, and the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr. Ajai Raj Sharma, were present.
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